Chapter 2- Venice
Atlantis stepped off the plane and looked around. It was a cold day in Rome. She pulled her black coat tighter around her and walked inside the airport. She grabbed her black suitcases and headed towards the door. Once outside, she leaned against the wall and closed her eyes. She was on the other side of the world in order to protect her family.
"This is what I do for love," she whispered.
A horn honked and Atlantis opened her eyes. Her friend, Gianna, was waiting in a silver mustang.
"Bentornati! Welcome back, Atlantis! I'm so happy to see you again!"
Atlantis forced a smile. "I missed you, too, Gianna. How was school without me?"
Gianna pulled out of the parking lot. "Boring. But basta, enough about boring school. What happened while you were gone?"
Atlantis looked out the window at the cloudy sky. "Nothing much," she said, although nothing was farther from the truth.
After taking a ferry to Venice and walking to the school, Atlantis was finally alone in her dorm. She dropped her suitcase on the bed and took off her jacket. She looked down at her outfit. All black. Something she'd taken to doing during the past three months. Something else that showed Cambio was in her. Atlantis' phone vibrated and she pulled it out of her pocket.
"Are you at the school?"
"Yes. I just got to my room," Atlantis said as she walked to the window.
"Good. Mom and dad said to tell you they miss you already."
Atlantis put the phone on her shoulder and pulled back the curtains. "Tell them I miss them, too," she said as fat drops of rain fell lazily from the sky.
"Has Cambio tried anything else yet?"
"Not yet. But hopefully being away from you three will make him not want to do anything."
There was a long pause. "Atlantis, you know Nix, Blaze, and I will be there in a heartbeat if you need us."
"I know," Atlantis said softly.
Someone knocked on the door.
"I've got to go, Az. I promise I'll call you guys tonight."
Azkedelia laughed. "You do realize night for you is early in the morning for us?"
Atlantis smiled. "Well then it'll be your wake-up call."
Azkedelia smiled. "Bye, Atlantis. Love you."
"Love you too, sis," Atlantis said sadly as she hung up the phone. Another knock sounded on the door.
"Entrare," she called. The door opened and a girl with long dark hair and olive skin walked in.
"Bentornati, I'm your new roommate."
Atlantis turned and looked at the girl wearing the red beret. "Veronica?"
She turned around. "Atlantis?" She hugged her. "Oh, Atlantis! It's so good to see you again!"
Atlantis hugged Veronica back. "It's good to see you too, Veronica."
Veronica let go. "How's Blaze adjusting to the new home life?" Veronica was Blaze's girlfriend.
"Pretty good. He's being adopted."
Veronica smiled. "He didn't say that when I talked to him last night! That's great news!"
Atlantis laughed. "We're all happy about it, too."
"Good." Veronica seemed to notice Atlantis' new gothic look. "Atlantis, what happened to your color? Why are you in all black?"
Atlantis looked back out at the rain. "Some things have happened over the last few months."
Veronica walked behind her. "Well prepare to have them undone! Classes don't start back up till tomorrow. We have some shopping to do!"
"Veronica, no! I'm fine!" Atlantis protested.
Veronica shook her head. "Blaze said for me to cheer you up while we were together, so we're starting with your wardrobe. No more Goth! And I am not taking 'no' for an answer, Atlantis!"
Reluctantly, Atlantis let Veronica lead her out of the room and off the campus to go shopping.
After hours of shopping with Veronica, Atlantis had new clothes in every color of the rainbow. Despite the events of the past night, Atlantis enjoyed herself and temporarily forgot about her problems, thanks to Veronica's contagious enthusiasm.